Swiss Market Finished On A High Note

This past weeks market gain in the Swiss Stock Market is seeing a modest increase after last weeks solid performance. The United States increased employment rate has helped the market in Switzerland drastically. Nasdaq explained, “The overall attitude among investors remained one of caution Monday, due to concerns over Greece. Eurozone finance ministers are meeting in Brussels today to take note of the Greek government’s progress in the implementation of structural reforms in exchange for bailout funds. It was reported just before the close that the Greek government has “executed” the order to make a scheduled loan repayment of 750 million euro to the International Monetary Fund tomorrow.” 

This past week, the Swiss Market Index rose .26% and finished at 9,117.33. This is some the highest values in this fiscal year. Shares across the whole market have improved drastically.

Nasdaq explained, “Shares of UBS began trading ex-dividend on Monday and ended the session higher by 0.1 percent. Credit Suisse climbed by 1.2 percent and Julius Baer added 0.6 percent.”

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

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Swiss Market Finished On A High Note

Politics Hurt Business In Switzerland

Over the past decade or so, the business and economic industry has been taking a hit due to the ruptured economy in Switzerland. Foreign firms are are drawing away from setting up business in the country, it has dropped 8% to only 274 in 2014 and an astonishing down 21% since 2013. Even though Switzerland has one of the most competitive economies in the world, the politically instability of the government has been drawing organizations away and to other European nations which is beginning to hurt the economy greatly.

Rudolf Minsch, the chief economist of business lobby Economiesuisse explained to Bloomberg, “It’s like a world championship, placing at the top doesn’t mean you’ll win again next time. You have to train. It’s the same with the business environment. We have a spot on our record with the mass immigration initiative and the say on pay.”

Not only has the political state driven business away, but the citizens have been pushing for a more strict immigration law which limits the amount of business’s which can be started in the country. Not having these companies and business’s started in Switzerland has really hurt the unemployment rate of the country as whole. With it now nearing 5%, highest it has been in quite a while.

Another downfall which is causing potential business away is the tax increases. Switzerland was known in the past for its great tax rates which has began to take a hit, “Competitive advantages have shrunk and we aren’t best in class everywhere anymore. We are only competitive overall if have a very attractive tax system.”

Switzerland is hoping to get back to where they once were, but the current state is not trending in the right direction.

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Political blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Politics Hurt Business In Switzerland